MOT in Kettering - Headlands Garage
What is an MOT?
The Ministry of Transport test (usually abbreviated to MOT test) is an annual test of automobile safety, roadworthiness aspects, and exhaust emissions required in Great Britain for most vehicles over three years old that are used on anything defined as a road in the Road Traffic Act.
An MOT test is carried out by one person only and usually takes around an hour in total to complete. The MOT test does not include any servicing of the car and is a minimum safety check to make sure the vehicle is legally safe for the road. After the test is complete and the vehicle passes the MOT, you may be advised by the mechanic that the vehicle is required to have certain aspects serviced or changed. For example: if the vehicle’s tyres are all close to the minimum required tread depth of 1.6mm, the mechanic that has done the test for the vehicle may advise a tyre change that same day. This also goes for any other parts on the car that may be old and worn. However, it is important to remember that for a vehicle to pass an MOT it must pass the minimum required legal “safeness” to be driven on the road.
For any vehicle to undergo an MOT test it MUST have the chassis number. Without this, the vehicle may likely be cloned and can be void from the test. Without the chassis number, it is NOT roadworthy and can consequently be seized by law.
In the first section of the test are all the interior checks. These include seats, seatbelts, warning lamps, switches, wipers, washers, brake controls, clutch, accelerator pedal, steering wheel and column, doors, mirrors, horn, speedometer and in some cases, driver controls for class 5 vehicles.
In the second section are all the exterior checks. These include registration plates, lamps, aim of headlamps, wheels, tyres, shock absorbers, mirrors, fuel tank cap, doors, boot lid, bonnet, towbars and overall condition of the bodywork.
The MoT looks at many parts of your car to ensure they meet key legal requirements at the time of the test. The MoT Test will make sure:
As a member of the Good Garage Scheme, you can be confident that the work your car needs will be carried out to the highest standards by highly trained technicians and covered by our 12,000 mile/12-month parts and labour warranty for extra peace of mind.